I am so proud to announce that I have been voted Philly.com's and Philadelphia Inquirer's
2016 Readers' Choice Award for
Best Doula and Childbirth Education Service!!!!!!
Thank you so much to all that voted and have supported me throughout this crazy doula life I live. You rock!!! My clients and students are the best, hands down. I am honored beyond words that I am able to do this work. And, I would be insane to think I could do this alone. SO - get ready for my "THANK YOU!!! OH MY WOW, I'M BEYOND BLESSED FOR YOU!!!!!" speech. Listen y'all - this is like my Pulitzer. I need to thank my peeps!
I honestly wouldn't be able to provide the dedication to my clients without certain amazing people in my life who show me time and time again such incredible support and love. Special thank you's are going out to my incredible husband, Paul, who is supportive even when he doesn't want to be. To, my parents who are always able to pick up my kids at a moments notice. To my dear friends who step up without question to offer help when I need them at the drop of a hat. To my May Moms - who backed me up in this crazy doula dream from the get go. To my mentors when I was just starting out - Kelly, Karen, and Katie. To the amazing women I work with. Whether we teach together, refer each other, or back each other up, the network of women I've found here in the Philadelphia area has been phenomenal. And, above all, big ups to God, for without Him, I wouldn't have this wonderful doula life!
I am so grateful, so blessed, and so honored to be the voted as the Best Doula and Childbirth Service in the Philadelphia area for 2016.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! I'M BLOWN AWAY!
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While you were discovering your passion for animal rights given light to the past week's news, ACOG released a poignant ethics opinion on HUMAN RIGHTS - specifically on an issue near and dear to my heart as a crusader for a woman's right to informed consent and refusal within the realm of obstetric care. ACOG's 2016 "Refusal of Recommended Treatment During Pregnancy" is about the mother's right to say "no" or refuse a certain aspect of her care, when it came to her care in pregnancy and in labor.
If you are pregnant, desire to become pregnant, or have a mother, sister, wife, cousin, aunt, etc that you care about who is considering giving birth, this opinion that replaces the 2005 Committee Opinion Number 321, “Maternal Decision Making, Ethics and the Law,” gives a valuable resource to you and/or to all these women in your life.
Cristin Pascucci, founder of Birth Monopoly, wrote a summary of ACOG's newest opinion on maternal right to say no in her blog. Its worth a read and you can find it here.
At the end of her article, Cristin acknowledges the extraordinary resource this decision is for mothers in the maternal health care system but she also relays the very real aspect that our work as advocates for maternal rights is no where near over by posing the question - "What can we do to further awareness and education among medical professionals, as well as providing protections for women who do experience coercion and forceful interventions?" (Pascucci, 2016)
Well, I called myself a crusader so ---- What am I doing?!
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Cat is the founder of Birth Freely Birth Services. Her passion is empowering women through education and providing them with continuous labor support so they can have the birth they desire!